The Role Of Ruth In Nao's Journal

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These roles are even further muddled by the helpful and at the same time utterly confusing endnotes included in the novel. Throughout the sections of the novel featuring Nao’s journal, Ruth, who is supposed to be merely a character in the novel, adds commentary that provides the reader with further explanations of her findings to aid the reader in understanding Nao’s story. For example, when discussing quantum mechanics with her husband, they mention a scientist Hugh Everett (Ozeki 397) and at the end of the novel Ruth provides more extensive notes about his work. (Ozeki 417) The reader can then pursue the enticing additional information these notes provide and research it further on the Internet, much like actual links in a hypertext. Yet

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